Mike Shanahan is hopeful most of the Redskins’ rehabbing players will be on the field when training begins July 25th in Richmond.
But the head coach sounds less optimistic when discussing veteran Adam Carriker, who suffered a season-ending quadriceps tendon tear in Week 2.
“I can’t tell you for sure; it’s been slow with that thigh tendon injury,” Shanahan said. “He’s had some repercussions on it. I can’t tell you for sure until the doctors tell me that he’s able to go. They haven’t been able to do that. He hasn’t been on the field.”
The 29-year-old defensive end has not participated in the team’s offseason program, which concluded Wednesday.
“It’s been a slow process,” Shanahan said. “He’s been here all the time working out. There was setback with it. We’ll find out in time but I can’t tell you right now.”
Although the team has never specified the nature of the setback, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett acknowledged that Carriker has, in fact, had two surgeries on his right leg.
“Knowing how competitive Adam is, he’ll be back at some point,” Haslett said. “At what point that is, I don’t know. I know he’s had a couple of surgeries on his leg, but I see I’m in there every day working. …Adam will find a way to get back.”
Another defensive end, backup Doug Worthington, is also ailing, Shanahan said. Worthington suffered a biceps tendon injury during Tuesday’s practice.
“We’re evaluating that right now,” Shanahan said. “Hopefully it’s not serious, but the first indication is that it could require surgery.”
Shanahan also said Jordan Bernstine (knee surgery) might not be ready for the start of training camp. The safety tore the ACL, MCL, and PCL in his right knee in the fourth quarter of last season's opener in New Orleans.
"I can't say that it's a lock for him to be ready to go once we start camp," Shanahan said. "His injury was more serious than most injuries.